These achievements aside, Genda also had served in the Imperial Japanese Navy and played a key role in planning the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. It seemed to be an excellent opportunity to hear from an important historical figure in person. Little did any attendees know we would be unwittingly stepping into a cauldron of controversy that raged on both sides of the Pacific.
Even though the war had been over for nearly a quarter-century, several people in this country saw the passage of time as insufficient to make amends for Genda’s involvement in the event that President Franklin D. Roosevelt had promised would forever be remembered “in infamy.”
‘A Flurry of Denunciations’